Garber On DCU Stadium Situation

Garber On DCU Stadium Situation

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 9, 2009
  • 6 Comments
  • DC United Stadium, Don Garber

Words you never want to hear from a league commissioner, “we will move the team.” Sadly enough in an interview to Soccer Insider Steve Goff today, MLS commish Don Garber uttered those exact words about DC United.

You can read the whole thing here. Below are some of the bigger points that he made.

“We don’t seem to be able to get a deal done and it could be that, if something can’t be resolved, we will move the team.”

“The ownership group is very committed to the team and to Major League Soccer, but no different than any other sports team in this country, they will not be able to continue to play in RFK and be successful. It does not have a economically viable model playing in a stadium that is substandard.”

“For the last 10 years, I have been personally involved with 10 stadium projects and this region of the country has been the single most-difficult area to try to get something finalized. It has me very concerned.”

As a fan of the league I hate seeing stuff like that. I really truly hope it doesn’t come down to moving this club out of DC. That would really be a giant step back for the league if you ask me.

  • Geoff

    If any team in MLS deserves their own stadium, it's DC United and it's heartbreaking to hear this. Hopefully they can get something done and stay.

  • ne revs

    The Houston Comets won the four titles early on in the WNBA and had to shut down. DC moving would be a very similar situation and we don't want the MLS to be drawing comparisons with women's basketball now do we.

  • Geoff

    If any team in MLS deserves their own stadium, it’s DC United and it’s heartbreaking to hear this. Hopefully they can get something done and stay.

  • ne revs

    The Houston Comets won the four titles early on in the WNBA and had to shut down. DC moving would be a very similar situation and we don’t want the MLS to be drawing comparisons with women’s basketball now do we.

  • Steve Jennings

    How badly would it hurt MLS if one of their flagship franchises would move? Get real, DC United will never leave the area. Garber's comments are the typical posturing by the commish in an effort to create some kind of alarm in the local politico's minds. "Oooh, if they move, it will reflect badly on us and the area we represent." The team loss of course could "hurt" their re-election chances, which please, is all any elected official, anywhere, cares about. Hey, once MLS determines specifically who and how much money is required for their support, all will be well. They simply haven't determined the critical officials and their price tag yet, that's all. Wake me when this is over.

  • Steve Jennings

    How badly would it hurt MLS if one of their flagship franchises would move? Get real, DC United will never leave the area. Garber’s comments are the typical posturing by the commish in an effort to create some kind of alarm in the local politico’s minds. “Oooh, if they move, it will reflect badly on us and the area we represent.” The team loss of course could “hurt” their re-election chances, which please, is all any elected official, anywhere, cares about. Hey, once MLS determines specifically who and how much money is required for their support, all will be well. They simply haven’t determined the critical officials and their price tag yet, that’s all. Wake me when this is over.